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Old 05-28-2005, 07:02 AM
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More interesting tow hitch questions with Pics

We bought our X5 with the hitch factory installed. The receiver hole has BMW tags all over it, and the 6-pin receiver is inthe back bumper, it's very pretty.

We got a box with the truck though, and displayed below are the contents. Are these anti-sway, or torsion bars? If so, that would make my day.

Also, pictured is a jumble of wiring in the rear left cubbyhole. Do these have anyting to do with towing?

This may not be such installation nightmare after all!
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Old 05-28-2005, 09:29 AM
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A little hard to see in the photo, but it looks very much like those are the pieces removed when the hitch is installed. The bumper carrier gets replaced with a carrier with different mounting to clear the hitch (it is the long piece that goes inside the bumper). The shock absorbing struts for the rear bumper get replaced with solid mounts so the bumper doesn't compress into the space occupied by the hitch. The small cross-member gets replaced by the hitch carrier. They are not needed, unless you want to remove the hitch in future (in which case, keep them).

Assuming the 7 pin connector mounted to the hitch works fine, it will be connected around the spare tire under the load floor. The connectors in your second photo relate to sound system, DVD, etc. Not sure which one is which, but you can check the articles on x5world for more info.
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Old 05-28-2005, 02:36 PM
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I knew I'd find the answer here, thank you jcl10!!

The 6 pin connector is permanently fixed into the bumper next to the tow receiver, and it has a little sprung plastic door on it to keep it clean. Very sweet setup.

Thanks again!
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You're welcome.

Yes, it is a nice setup. Somewhat expensive, but then, so is the vehicle. Getting the factory hitch gets you the little things that those of us with the OEM hitch take for granted, like the weatherproof connections mounted neatly on the drawbar. I saw an aftermarket hitch with the wiring zip-tied on, not the nicest looking setup.
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Old 05-29-2005, 06:26 AM
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That zip-tie deal is what is on my Jimmy, and no, it is an ugly maintenance nightmare, exacerbated by nasty winters.

We bought the X5 Certified, and of a lineup of 10 X5s, this one stood out - 2002, low mileage, low options (just a sunroof and AT), and a trailer hitch pre-installed. It was a sign from God to buy it on the spot, and that's what we did!
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